Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins Says He's 'Outplayed' His Current Contract at Minicamp

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 11, 2019

CORRECTS TO TUESDAY, JUNE 11, NOT MONDAY, JUNE 10 - Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Malcolm Jenkins moves in-between drills at the NFL football team's practice facility in Philadelphia, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins has two years remaining on his current contract but feels like he is worth more to the team.

"As a player, I feel like I've outplayed that contract," Jenkins said Tuesday, per Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Jenkins is seeking a "hefty raise" to his current deal and held out much of the offseason, per Howard Eskin of Fox 29. However, he reported to the team Tuesday and will be in attendance for the mandatory minicamp, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.

McLane provided more details on Jenkins' returning to the field:

Jeff McLane @Jeff_McLane

Malcolm Jenkins didn’t mince words: He wants his contract re-worked. Said talks with #Eagles ongoing but there aren’t assurances. Said need to be here for the team/teammates outweighed personal objective. Said relationship with owner Jeffrey Lurie played a role in showing.

The safety signed a four-year deal before the 2017 season and enters this year with a base salary of $8.1 million and a total cap hit of $11.4 million, per Spotrac.

His average annual salary ranks just ninth among safeties in the NFL, with Landon Collins, Tyrann Mathieu and Earl Thomas leading the way after getting new deals this offseason. He explained he's not trying to match these players but at least be close.

"When you're under contract, you can't be out to be the highest paid out there, nor do I want to be," he said Tuesday, per Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philly, "but you want to be within the ballpark of what your value is."

Meanwhile, Jenkins has more than proved himself on the field while earning Pro Bowl selections in three of the last four years. He was a key part of the Eagles squad that won the Super Bowl two years ago and finished last year tied for the team lead with 97 tackles.

The 31-year-old also hasn't missed a game since coming to Philadelphia in 2014.

Although he doesn't want to disrupt the team, Jenkins hopes this will be enough to get a new deal before the 2019 season.